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New group pushes open disaggregation to chip level, with 5G in its sights

The push for open, and even open source, platforms is extending right down to the semiconductor layer, not just in data center infrastructure, but in the telecoms network. The established licenseable IP providers, such as ARM and MIPS for processors and CEVA for digital signal processors (DSPs), are seeking to move into Intel’s territory in cloud infrastructure while extending their influence in the 5G network and devices. In December, Wave Computing announced that it would offer the MIPS architecture, which it now owns following the break-up of former owner Imagination Technologies, as open source code with no royalties or proprietary licensing. Other open source chip projects – admittedly further from mainstream commercial products – include the FOSSi (Free and Open Source…

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